February 11, 2013
As a counselor for both in-class and online alcohol classes my students and I often discuss why rich and famous people choose to drive intoxicated and not call a taxi. I ask the same of my students and their friends and family members. After all, the cost of a DUI, physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally and financially are extreme. We all should spend the extra $20-$100 to get a safe ride home.
I am sure Dallas Cowboys’ offensive lineman Josh Brent wishes he had splurged the money... [More]
January 24, 2013
Are you a social drinker? How often do you drink with friends or family? Do you have a drinking problem?
All alcoholics are, or were, social drinkers. One of the enjoyable effects of alcohol is light buzz and the releasing of inhibition. But when does drinking socially develop into a drinking problem?
As a counselor for both in-class and online alcohol classes I can assure you that drinking problems set in long before you are out on the street drinking Old English 800 out of a paper bag. It se... [More]
December 17, 2012
Drinking and driving kills. It is a simple fact. Alcohol awareness classes help prevent drinking and driving and thus can help save lives. Unfortunately for one young mother and her yet-to-be-born child, an alcohol class was unable to save their lives.
Tiffany Ann Woodham, a 19-year-old who was nine months pregnant, and her baby, died in Winter Haven, Florida after a speeding drunk driver rammed his pickup truck into the van she was riding in. As reported in www2.tbo.com.
Woodham was in the le... [More]
December 1, 2012
Do you believe there is a problem with drug abuse in the military? If you don’t you need to wake up. Drug and alcohol abuse has been a serious issue in the U.S. military for decades, and a surge in abuse was reported in connection with the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. So what are the military’s protocols regarding the prevention, screening and diagnosis, and treatment of substance abuse?
It is evident that the military needs to tackle alcohol problems at the prevention side.... [More]
August 5, 2012
Would the threat of prison or death deter you from drinking alcohol? It sure would make me think twice.
In Iran, if you get caught selling booze you not only face jail time, but thousands of dollars in fines and possibly lashings for flouting the Islamic Republic's blanket ban on drinking, which is prohibited under Islam.
Yet every day more and more people flaunt the laws by selling booze. Why, because their customer base is growing rapidly.
After years of being in public denial over the amou... [More]
July 26, 2012
As a counselor for both in-class and online drug classes I have strong opinions about drug and alcohol use and abuse.
A recently completed study, noted as the most comprehensive ever, has uncovered some of the myths surrounding addiction issues.
First is the perception that most of the people who wind up in jail are illiterate or poorly educated. The truth is that more than half of people in jail have graduated from high school or have received their GED certificate. Almost 25% had attended co... [More]
June 20, 2012
Despite the aggressive title to this blog, I really like John Daly. He is one of the more colorful figures in the world of sports. While I wish he were a better role model for children and the rest of us, he nevertheless makes himself human ion a sports world that can dehumanize the best of them.
Daly is a winner of two major golf tournaments and has walked off the course in anger more times than that. He is a man rumored to have lugged around a bottle of whiskey in his golf bag during a tourna... [More]
June 7, 2012
Police officers know the law and are paid to both follow it and enforce it. It is always sad to see one of the America’s finest make stupid decision. As a counselor for both in-class and online alcohol classes this holds especially true for me with respect to driving under the influence violations.
A San Diego County sheriff's detective was sentenced Friday to five years probation and 90 days of home detention for two crashes that occurred while she was driving drunk last summer in Palm D... [More]
February 24, 2012
Drug addiction does not merely affect the user. Friends and family members as well as colleagues also are affected when someone they are close to abuses drugs. In addition to both in class and online drug classes there are other things families can do to cope with a drug-addicted loved one.
Families affected by substance abuse and addiction often are caught unaware, with no idea how to deal with the problems they face. There is no road map for dealing with a family member suffering from drug an... [More]
January 8, 2012
I have recently been trying to get local high schools to make a drug education class mandatory as part of the high school curriculum. Drug classes teach not only how dangerous using drugs and alcohol at a young age are, but emphasize the long-term effects that occur due to drug use during adolescence.
Had these two been exposed to a drug class in high school, perhaps a tragedy could have been avoided.
A man in Newton, Iowa has been charged in connection with the Nov. 12 death of Shasta S... [More]